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Blade of a Ceremonial Knife

Location

EGYPT

Era

Predynastic Period, possibly Naqada II (3600-3350 B.C.E.)

Title

Blade of a Ceremonial Knife

Materials

Flint

Dimensions

23.7 x 6.2 x 0.1 cm

Credits

Gift of Miss Mabel Molson, inv. 1931.B.1

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

From the very beginnings of their civilization, the lives of Egyptians were governed by ritual from birth to death. That explains why votive objects like schist palettes or ceremonial knife blades have been discovered in the excavations of tombs from the Predynastic Period. Up until now, few knives of this type have been found in situ; all of them came from the area around Abydos, in particular from Umm el-Qa’ab, the royal necropolis for the monarchs of the Predynastic and Early Dynastic periods. The handle for this knife has been lost.

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